Oddly enough, some mapping systems, (like Google) recommend that you take the “back roads” and walk along Industrial Road, the main busy thoroughfare for service trucks and cabs behind the hotels of the Strip.
This suggested route is absurd, and is done because a computer calculated it to be the fastest route – which it marginally is by the way – but stupid nonetheless.
Ignore mapping advice to walk along Industrial Road, and instead head for the safer, and much prettier Strip.
From the front of Circus Circus, head south on the Strip, passing Vegas icons like Slots’A’Fun, and possible future Vegas icons, like the World Resort Las Vegas, which is the future planned resort on the site just south of Slots’A’Fun, where the Stardust used to sit. Before that, however, you’ll pass by what has to be the world’s busiest McDonalds.
The Riviera Hotel and Casino will be to your left, across the street from Las Vegas Boulevard. The walk is pretty desolate, with empty, half-built structures on your right, and a parking lot on the other side of the Strip to your left.
The world famous Peppermill Fireside Lounge and Restaurant will also be on your left, and it’s worth a stop if you’re looking for an old-school Las Vegas vibe (and huge meal portions).
Once you cross Dessert Inn Boulevard, you’ll pass another potential Las Vegas mega-resort: The Las Vegas Plaza, which was originally going to be started in 2008, before the Las Vegas economy tanked. The land where this future resort sits is directly across from the Encore Hotel and Casino.
Continuing south on the Las Vegas Strip sidewalk, you’ll then cross Fashion Show Drive, where the first mall entrance will be the stairs on the corner of Fashion Show Drive and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Bus From Circus Circus to the Fashion Show Mall
As I mentioned, it’s just a 12 minute walk. If you want to take the bus instead however, it would be a 7 minute journey, not including the four hundred foot walk from the front of Circus Circus to the bus stop, and then waiting for the bus. All in all, it would likely be faster to walk to the Fashion Show Mall.
However if you want to save the 6/10 of a mile off of your feet, just head out of Circus Circus and walk to the nearest bus stop, which will be to your right, just south of Slots’A’Fun.
You’ll want to take the Deuce, (the easy and popular Las Vegas Strip bus transit system). The ride itself will be just 7 minutes. As a side note, the very convenient Deuce arrives every 10 to 15 minutes during most hours. You’ll get dropped off directly in front and in the middle of the Fashion Show Mall, almost right under the pedestrian bridge that leads you to the Wynn.
The other Las Vegas Strip bus route is called the “SDX” but this won’t work for the Circus Circus to Fashion Show Mall route, as the SDX does not stop at the bus stop in front of Slots’A’Fun.
Driving from Circus Circus to Fashion Show Mall
This is a route where you’ll want to take the back road, otherwise known as Industrial Boulevard.
From the backside of Circus Circus, go south on Industrial Boulevard, to Desert Inn Road. You’ll see the big “Nordstrom” signage in front of you and to your left.
From there you’ll want to either take a left on Dessert Inn and the first right, which will lead you to a parking garage, or continue on Industrial for another 400 feet, at which point you’ll take a left at the Dillards entrance on your left. Either way, the drive is just about one mile exactly, and should only take you 3 or 4 minutes to navigate.
As a final note, the Fashion Show Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.